Tokyo Olympics 2020: Usain Bolt's coach says 'can't see Games going ahead', should be postponed to 2021
'This would be unprecedented, but we are in unprecedented time. Move everything up one year and then everything will eventually fall back in place,' said Glen Mills, Sprint legend Usain Bolt's coach.
“My recommendation would be to postpone the Olympics until next year,” Jamaican sprint coach Glen Mills told Reuters in a telephone interview.
“This would be unprecedented, but we are in unprecedented time. Move everything up one year and then everything will eventually fall back in place.
“But I don’t think that the Olympics will take place at the time that is specified (July and August) because the outbreak is worldwide and in some countries, it is just starting to accelerate.
“I can’t see the Olympics going ahead; taking persons from all over the world and bringing them to one central point.”
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo organisers have maintained that the Games should go ahead as scheduled to start on 24 July.
Mills, who coached the now retired Bolt to eight Olympic gold medals and 11 world championship titles, said his current athletes at the Racers Track Club have been unable to train since Wednesday.
This was due to measures taken by the Jamaican Health Ministry, including the closure of training tracks and gyms.
“Right now the important thing is for them to isolate themselves and follow social distancing,” Mills said.
“The athletes have been instructed to do whatever exercises they can do at home and if they have any open spaces to exercise until the training facilities reopen and then we can re-start proper training.”
The virus will likely have a huge economic impact for athletes given the anticipated cancellation and postponement of meetings during the outdoor season, Mills added.
Sonam Malik, who beat 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik at the trials, became the youngest Indian female wrestler to qualify for the Olympic Games.
Tokyo 2020 and FINA said the decision to reschedule the Diving World Cup came after "a very fruitful consultation process" also involving the Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee.
Earlier this month, the government in Canberra joined a growing number of countries halting the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for younger people over fears it can cause serious blood clots.